Beautifull! Pity the film is flipped, though. That or they all play left-handed instruments...
July 29, 2005 Subject:
Boogie On, Thelma
An exuberant boogie-woogie by an all-girl orchestra, probably made during World War II, by the looks of womenÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs elaborate hairdos. Here we have a female jazz band playing a boogie originated by Lionel Hampton. Films like this remind us of what a free and easy place the American homefront was during the war when social and racial restrictions were relaxed as part of the war effort. ThelmaÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs one rowdy dame. When she sings ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂI wonder whoÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs booginÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ my woogie now?ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and happily screams at the top of her lungs, sheÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs not exactly lovesick. Just because the men are away fighting doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt mean you canÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt have fun. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂGags and Gals,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ another WWII era film in the Archive, has a similar manic feel and predominantly female cast. Too bad the repressive fifties came and put an end to the party.
June 13, 2005 Subject:
A great soundie with an all girl orchestra singing, playing instruments and yes, screaming! Woo! They're sure having a good time, and it's not hard to get caught up in it. The leader of the orchestra is quite attractive and is a good dancer too! Fun fun fun!
This is a rendition of "Hamp's Boogie Woogie" originally done by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra. Not a bad job-- the saxes do a little better than the brass. Ol' Thelma's kind of a goofy party girl and fun to watch.
July 26, 2004 Subject:
No Sign of Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon
We get to see an all-girl orchestra in action in this lively soundie, but thereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs no sign of Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon. Seriously, this soundie is a lot of fun.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
July 25, 2004 Subject:
A catchy number. Thelma must really work up a sweat after a couple or 3 numbers. I never thought it would be so hard to dance and direct a band.